Friday Five

You guys, I made it. I survived! Two whole weeks sans Boyfriend, and there were no tears but approximately 400 hours of reality television marathons and more than a few dinners consisting of a bowl of cereal. He arrives tomorrow morning and THANK GOD because this was getting old. 

I’m especially happy today is Friday because, for the second time in 2 weeks, I’m playing hooky from work and heading to New York for the day. Only this time, I’m leaving my mom behind (sorry mom!) and meeting up with someone very special and exciting. Can you guess who it is? (Hint: it’s not Gary Oldman, but I’m still jazzed about it nonetheless!). Here are 5 things tickling my fancy this week:

1. Photo / 2. Blanket / 3. Project Runway / 4. Face Wash / 5. Bright Space

I’ve been a fan of Swedish photographer Emilie Bjork for a really long time, and was reminded of her work again this week during my most recent Scandinavian period (see here, here, and here). Not only is she stunning, but she takes the most moody and haunting photographs. This one, of her standing in a snow-covered field, would look fantastic framed and hung on the wall. It’s everything that fascinates me about Swedish winters, captured in one beautiful photograph.

Santa over at Homestilo featured this house in the Netherlands earlier this week and one pillow in particular caught my eye. It was a cushion made with the same handwritten “blahblah” print as this blanket. Both are by designer Donna Wilson, the Scottish-born, London-based designer. Sadly, it seems the cushion is no longer available, but that throw looks like a comfy alternative. How cute is that print? It’s cheeky but still chic and monochrome. And it’s reversible!

Some of the reality tv I’ve been watching to keep myself occupied has been this season of Project Runway. It’s so good! Is anyone else watching? My favorites are Melissa and Dmitry, and I’m secretly hoping they hook up and have some fabulous, gothic, designer-y romance. I always wish they would go more in depth with how they actually sew a dress together since that part is the most fascinating to me, but it’s still good drama without being trashy (hello, Real Housewives series, I’m looking at you). Tim Gunn is always good for some sassy advice, too, like last night’s snippet: “Channel your inner winner!”

I feel like I talk about my skin every other month, and I’m always swearing that I’ve found the best routine with x, y, and z products. Since this post, I’ve changed back to my normal Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2, and this week I’ve switched from using Cetaphil to the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil face wash. I used it exclusively for years but switched to Cetaphil when it started to feel too abrasive on my skin. This summer has been really tough on my skin, and the Cetaphil was adding too much moisture to my already sweaty and overly oily skin. The Tea Tree Oil wash definitely dries me out, but at this time of year it’s welcome. My skin is getting back in shape after only a few uses, but I know I’ll probably have to go back to Cetaphil in the winter when my skin is drier. For now though, it’s nice to not have to worry about normal summer sweat manifesting into horrible breakouts.

And finally, the reason my butt is on a bus to New York right now instead of in my cube at work, my darling girl Sam of Bright Space is in town visiting from England! How could I not go see her?? We have a very exciting day of shopping and eating and having cocktails ahead of us, and probably some awkward crying on my part because I’m so overjoyed to be meeting her in real life after being introduced through blogging (of all wonderful things!). When I started this blog a year and a half ago (oh my god) I never thought I’d have the kind of friends I have now. Plus I’m a baby and cry at everything. Full report to come next week.

It’s a holiday here on Monday, so what are you guys doing to celebrate the long weekend? Meeting up with friends? Reuniting with your significant other? Have a good one kiddos!

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14 comments

  • *squeal*!
    I’m not talking to either of you. I can’t believe you met through me and you’re meeting up without me. Am having a major strop about it. I even whinged to Richard and he looked at me bemusedly and said ‘girls are weird’.

    I am so excited for both of you I just wish I was there! Please send me loads of photos via the gram. Please! Think of me at home colour rendering perspective drawings. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like! Sam’s so much fun though, you’ll love her. Jell! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • You cannot, absolutely cannot not talk to me, we need to meet next week lady woo x Name your day x

  • Oh, this is too exciting for words!!! I’m SO looking forward to reading all about it (in painstaking detail, mind!) and seeing all the photos.

    Think of this as a precursor to meeting us en masse in NYC – or the UK for that matter.
    Someday.
    Soon. :D

    Wow! Hanging with Sam, BF coming home tomorrow and then Labour Day?! You are going to have The Best Weekend Ever, kiddo!!! xoxo

  • Four day weekend for you? Sounds quite lovely. Have a great one Erin

  • I am beyond thrilled for for both of you! Sam gets to meet you and come to New York, and what a line up of fun you have! All the treats in store today, BF coming home, a long(er) weekend. Why, it’s almost better than Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair! Have fun, have fun my dears! And report back. We want every single detail! xoxoxo

  • I apologise in advance because I’m writing this after a couple of beers, a dessert wine, and a couple of champagne vodka cocktails but thank you Erin for coming up to meet me in NYC today, we had the best time and unfortunately it went far too quickly. A Bloody hot day and a a wee jaunt through Greenwich, a venture into Bergdorg Goodman to see the aformentioned Celine bag, a couple of cheeky cocktails, a plate of nachos, a dinner with le famille, and a send off with some English tat, we had the best time and how lovely Ms. W is. Until the next time though, and perhaps a trip to Philly is in order. Much love x

    • Sounds like you two drank enough for me as well. Good girls! x

  • so exciting!

  • Congrats on making it through the 2 weeks! Tim Gun’s the best- just watched the latest episode last night. Hope the rest of your long weekend is as fun as it sounds like Friday was and thanks for the link love!!

  • What is that tiny phenomenon in yellow chucks en pointe? Is that…? What IS that? It’s a Tanuki, right?

  • Wah, that is so awesome you’re going to New York!!! Do you live close to it? I can’t wait until I’m back in school in NJ – then I can just take the train to the heart of The City. :3
    I haven’t watched Project Runway in so long – I kinda miss Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, and Heidi. Love those three.
    Ahh, hope you have a great time in New York and seeing your boyfriend again after 2 weeks!

  • We should meet! We’ve online known each other for longer and you know all of my secrets. :)

  • I know what you mean about meeting people thru the blog. I have now more friends than before I started bloging! I hope you will have a great time in NY. I’m so jealous, I haven’t even been there yet!

  • Can’t tell you how excited I am that you and Sam are meeting/have met in real life. I’m trying to be good and not read ahead. Though, Sam’s comment was a huge clue that the meeting was a smash.
    PS~So happy for you that BF is making his way back to you. Well, this is all a day late and a dollar short. Continuing on to the next post… ;)